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What Does “Created Equal” Mean?

by Milton Friedmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 8, 2018

A society that puts equality ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.

A Different Kind Of Cancer Treatment

by Henry I. Miller, Joel E. Teppervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Radiation therapy gets too little press and funding, but is critical in vanquishing the disease.

The Limits Of Textualism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 5, 2018
The text alone cannot resolve all constitutional disputes.

Four Heresies Of Monetary Policy

by John H. Cochrane via Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Fed is not nearly as powerful as conventional wisdom suggests.

The Case For Legal Textualism

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

There are many philosophies of legal interpretation, but only one that best safeguards the rule of law and the Constitution.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December

Big Labor Vs. Little Dissenters

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 22, 2018

A blockbuster Supreme Court case could diminish the role of public unions. 

Rethinking Watergate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FISA-gate is as scandalous as Nixon’s break-in. Why won’t the press say so? 

Income Inequality Isn’t The Problem

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Disparities are shrinking because millions are being lifted out of poverty each month. 


by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 19, 2018

One state’s effort to save the Affordable Care Act.

Death By Agriculture

by Jonathan Dalyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Stalin's drive to collectivize farms was a historic disaster.


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